March 31, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - Junior Jeremy Strawn tossed a complete-game shutout as the Florida Atlantic University baseball team completed a three-game sweep of No. 24-ranked University of South Alabama with a 3-0 victory on Sunday, March 31 at the FAU Baseball Stadium.
The win moved the Owls into a tie for first place in the Sun Belt Conference standings with a 7-2 record. The team has won a season-best six consecutive games to stand 19-9 on the season.
Strawn scattered six hits and struck out seven batters against a South Alabama offense that entered the game with a .303 team batting average. He improved to 2-1 on the season with the victory. The shutout pitching performance was the first for FAU since Paul Davis blanked FIU on May 20, 2011.
FAU scored two runs in the second inning by taking advantage of a South Alabama defensive error. A ground ball hit by sophomore third baseman Ricky Santiago got under the glove of a Jaguar infielder, allowing junior outfielder Tyler Rocklein to score for a 1-0 lead. Senior outfielder Corey Keller moved to third base on the play. He scored on a safety squeeze bunt play by sophomore shortstop Mitch Morales.
One inning later, senior first baseman Mark Nelson hit his team-leading sixth home run with a solo shot over the right field fence.
That was all of the offense that Strawn needed in the game. The right hander got out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the third inning. He also stranded two runners in scoring position in South Alabama's fifth inning. Then, Strawn retired the last 10 batters of the game.
Offensively, freshman designated hitter Brendon Sanger, Morales, Nelson and Rocklein each had one hit in the contest. Three of the Owls' four hits went for extra bases, highlighted by Nelson's home run in the second inning.
South Alabama (22-7 overall, 5-4 SBC) recorded six hits in the game and did not have a player with multiple hits. Left hander Jacob Noble suffered his first loss of the season after allowing three runs and three hits in 4.1 innings. He now has a 3-1 record.
FAU returns to the diamond on Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. against Lynn University. Live audio and statistics of the game will be available at www.fausports.com.
Single-game tickets for home games are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.